A Gathering of Chickenhawks

In addition to having their hands full fighting the US Navy's attempts to occupy their county, some people in Washington, NC, are also confronting a recurring infestation of Bushbot Chickenhawks who masquerade under the name "Gathering of Eagles."

A woman from Washington named Pat Siebert has requested a permit to protest the war on the waterfront there. Today she was expecting a turnout of four or five brave souls. To which the Gathering of Chickenhawks has responded with a full-court assault on the patriotism of those who dare to protest.

A man named Capt. Bailey, of Chocowinity, has apparently taken the protest as an opportunity to launch his personal vendetta by requesting his military buddies to come to Washington from all over the east coast and stand on the opposite side of the street. While they are standing there, they call the protesters names, give them finger, and basically do everything they can to antagonize the grannies. The grannies say nothing.

According to one of the anti-war protesters:

It is ironic that these brave men have taken it upon themselves to enhance their masculinity by picking on the grannies. The bikers travel from the western part of the state ... skipping the protests in Chapel Hill, etc. just to beat up on the weak. What these men say and do would sicken anyone with decency.

How Do You Spell Success?

My open feud with the News and Observer's editorial pages goes back a couple of years when the paper gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt regarding the his war in Iraq. The N&O wasn't exactly a cheerleader, and in his personal columns, Steve Ford often wondered about the long-term consequences of military action. But neither was the paper a strong and vocal critic of Bush's disastrous foreign policy.

Today's lead editorial is more of the same. The paper calls George Bush out on his stunning hypocrisy, but still holds on to the delusion of hope that something called "success" can emerge from the ashes of Iraq.

Smithfield enlists government to do its dirty work

It seems like every time the UFCW organizing drive at Smithfield gains traction, Immigration and Customs Enforcement goons magically show up to terrorize the company's immigrant workers:

Federal immigration officials conducted a raid Wednesday -- the second this year -- at Smithfield Foods' giant pork slaughterhouse in Bladen County.

Sheriff Sledgehammer

Since Jim Black checked into an extended-stay facility in Lewisburg, PA the metaphors surrounding Joe Sinsheimer have been flying thick and thin. Guest number 50655-056 at the USP Lewisburg probably has a few choice metaphors of his own given that he once called a reporter "A sorry sack of s**t", a metaphor that was not forgotten by the NC Capital Press Corps.

Under the Dome wrote a piece called A new sheriff in town? noting that

Gary Pearce and Carter Wrenn agree that Joe Sinsheimer has become a force to be reckoned with in Raleigh.

Pearce called him Joe Sledgehammer saying that:

He’s honest. He’s not beholden to anybody. And he’s a hell of a good political researcher. He knows how to get information, and he gets it right.

Stronger ethics laws are great. But what North Carolina really needs to clean up politics may just be more Sledgehammers.

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